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Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan Developing Cinematic Universe for Classic Universal Monsters

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To file under “news we’ve told you about before, but with a slight change”…

 Way back in October of last year, before their amicable split, screenwriter Roberto Orci hinted that he and partner Alex Kurtzman were trying to envision of a way to bring all of the classic Universal monsters together to form a cohesive cinematic universe, not unlike what Marvel and DC have done.

Today, almost nine months later to the date, Deadline reports that Kurtzman and “The Fast and the Furious” producer Chris Morgan will be spearheading this effort going forward.

The first film in the series will be the upcoming reboot of The Mummy, which is already set for release on April 22, 2016.

Another title previously attached to this idea was a reboot of the “Van Helsing” franchise, which had Tom Cruise attached to the title role. What films would you like to see in the Universal Monster Cinematic Universe? Featuring the likes of Dracula, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein’s monster, The Wolfman, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Universal released countless films featuring these and many more monsters from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Though some of them did crossover in a number of films, namely Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and House of Dracula, there was never a longstanding narrative on this scale featuring the monsters previously.

  • BrotherEYE

    Blackula

  • mrelectriccity

    i like to see them remake Monster Squad one of my fav movies growing up i remember it had all of the monsters in it

  • HorrorHound

    So I’m really wondering if Dracula Untold is going to be apart of this cinematic universe. I would really hate for it to be just a throw away film.

  • Max Shreck

    Dracula’s Daughter would be a fun update.

    • Juan Asilo

      instead the brides, i want megan fox
      jennifer lawrence
      and finally january jones. solid

      • Max Shreck

        Wow I’m sold and would like to play in your imagination.

  • Billy Bob Throrton

    Abbott and Costello meet Dracula!
    hire a new abbott and costello,stooges style. stick to the monsters are scary but they’re funny concept,modern audiences love that kind of movie.
    add in Pretorious,Ygor(broken neck not hunch),The Bride and The Creature…all hidden gems begging to be rebooted but they couldn’t till now- only Universal owns them.
    (most of the universal monsters are public domain)

  • MyTwoCents…

    20+ years ago Universal tried rebooting (before it became such an established industry term) all the classic Universal monsters. All the movies were released as a box set on VHS, there were pinball machines for most of the major creatures and then the big budget remakes of Dracula and Frankenstein with major actors and, respectively, Francis Ford Coppola and Kenneth Branaugh directing. John Carpenter was working on a Creature From The Black Lagoon remake at that point and then it all seem to fizzle. The last thing a remember was Kevin Bacon in a Paul Verhoeven remake of The Invisible Man that wasn’t even slightly HG Wells. Next thing I knew I woke up in a world of found footage horror and torture porn.
    Better luck this time, fellas.

  • Gabbi Cordero

    oh another horror reboot, what could go right?

    let’s stop, look, and listen to all the reasons why this will fail. (1) universal is desperate for a franchise. what series do they have on their hands that’s making them money? fast and the furious and that’s it. this is the same studio that gave us devil and skyline… in the same year. when they weren’t busy chasing their own tale they were churning out horrendous sci-fi fare in the form of cowboys & aliens and (wait for it) battleship. if that wasn’t bad enough they are the studio behind oblivion and r.i.p.d. even the tried and true tactic of established properties didn’t save them: robin hood was a domestic flop, snow white & the huntsman was twilight fare. reaching into the well that’s long dried up didn’t help them with the thing prequel and will surely fail with jurassic park 4

    (2) even if all of the above weren’t true, what has this once great studio done with classic monsters since 2000? van helsing? embarrassing. the wolfman? nose dive. this dracula untold doesn’t even look like horror. and luke evans? is he supposed to scare me? they had something good with the mummy but that became another blunder by part 3. this company not only has a goldmine in these franchise, but these monsters were the FIRST horror icons and they have no idea what to do with them.

    (3) universal is pulling this move because they’re convinced they can make a monster version of the avengers. a concept no one asked for, a decision made out of greed, and a mistake that starts out wrong and picks up speed

    (4) you want alex kurtzman to shepherd this project, as if he’s some genre maestro. lets look at the highlights of his body of work: legend of zorror (a domestic flop), watchmen (convoluted), star trek (the beginning of the end for that franchise), star trek into darkness (nail in the coffin), the aforementioned cowboys & aliens, amazing spiderman 2 (a botched opportunity), oh and of course there is the dismal sleepy hollow tv series.

    this isn’t history in the making it’s a recipe for disaster.